Community Giving in East London

Whole Foods Market believes in supporting the communities we serve. We enjoy being part of the Stoke Newington community in particular, and are pleased to be able to support local schools and charities. One way we bestow our support is by gifting hampers. Featuring old and new customer favorites, our hampers are appropriate as prizes in raffle contests, talent competitions and the like.

If you would like to make a Whole Foods Market hamper part of your fundraising efforts, please contact our Marketing department at 020 7254 2332.

We also work hard in the community to address food availability and other local challenges. Read on below for more information on how we cut down on our food waste, and how we help to create local heroes.  


It is a common misconception that we have a lot of food to throw away at the end of the day. But, one of the big differences between our stores and other supermarkets is the sheer volume of in-store production that we undertake—that means our in-house kitchen uses much of the food from around the store. However we also ensure that surplus food goes to local food banks and shelters, where it can help feed those most in need.

Just below is a list of local food banks that Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington proudly supports—check it out for a look at who we are partnering with to encourage food security right here in Hackney.  


Core Arts

Food Not Bombs

Hackney Migrant Centre

London Catholic Worker

North London Action for Homeless

If you are a local food bank or organisation that would like support from Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington, please contact our Marketing department at 020 7254 2332. We would love to hear from you!


On designated days throughout the year, Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington holds community giving days, also known as “5% Days.”

On these days, five percent of our net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. Customers help support the selected organisations simply by shopping at the Stoke Newington store.

Though the extra pounds are important, we donate more than just money. We also invite beneficiaries to host an informational session at the store, providing them a platform for spreading awareness about their cause and the important work they do.

As you will see from the list below, the groups benefiting from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about our donation policy or have a nonprofit or educational organization you would like us to support, please contact  our Marketing department at 020 7254 2332.

Please note that application requests must be received at least 2 months before the 5% day in order to be considered. As our donations budget is limited, early submission of your application is highly recommended.

William Patten Primary School

Chats Palace Arts Centre

St. Paul's Steiner School

Abney Park Cemetery Trust

Headway East London

Pangolins Ark

Sandbrook Playgroup

London Gypsy Orchestra

London Wildlife Trust

Access Sport


In addition to our community giving days and local food bank partnerships, we as a company also give back to the larger global community, via our Whole Planet Foundation.

Our mission is simple: poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market sources our products. The method is straightforward: through microcredit loans, we seek to unleash the energy and create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies. We partner with microfinance institutions operating in rural Africa, Asia and Latin America. And by we provide much of the funding for the loans and underwrite the administrative costs, so each pound donated goes directly to those who need it most.

We are inspired by, and grateful to, Whole Foods Market Team Members who have given the foundation over £2.1 million since the program's inception. Over one third (34%) of our staff give, and the impact is huge, generating about £29,400 every two weeks. Every pound helps, and it feels great to know we are empowering others to change their lives.

This year at our Stoke Newington store, we organized Omelette Days in March, and a Banana Split Day in July, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Continue to check in with us in to see how your donated £££ can make a difference in developing economies.